Freedom United

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Freedom United is a movement of people everywhere, fighting to end one of the world's greatest evils: modern slavery.

Started 7 petitions

Petitioning Hon. Najib Balala

End sexual exploitation of children in Kenya

The last place you should expect to find a child is in a brothel; yet for 17-year-old Phoebe from Kenya, this is her life. (Name changed to protect her identity) Phoebe comes from a poor family. When she dropped out of school, she went in search of a better life – instead she has been forced to have group sex with tourists for no money. Reports indicate that more than 50,000 children are involved in different forms of commercial sexual exploitation. It is most common along the Kenyan Coast where the majority of tourism activities take place – in fact sex offenders travel to Kenya for this very reason: to prey on these vulnerable victims. No child should be forced into the commercial sex industry for their survival. We must ensure that these predators keep their hands off Kenya's children. Join Walk Free and Child Aid Organization Kenya in calling on the Kenyan government to declare zero tolerance of commercial sexual exploitation of children, backed by regular monitoring and law enforcement.

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Petitioning Trakul Winitnaiyapak, Attorney General, Mr. Peerapat Pornsirilertkij, Director-General Department of Labour Protection and Welfare, General Sirichai Distakul, Ministry of Labour, Mr. Don Poramatvin...

Drop the charges against Andy Hall now

UPDATE: In September 2016, Andy Hall left Thailand after a three and a half year legal battle. In November 2016, Thailand’s Supreme Court confirmed that he had been dismissed from one set of charges. However, in September 2016 he was convicted on two other counts under sweeping criminal defamation and computer crimes laws. Consequently, he was given a three-year suspended prison sentence and Natural Fruit are demanding around $12m (£9.6m; €10.9) in damages for civil complaints. “This is about persecution. It’s a political case to try and silence me… I’m someone that’s revealing things that the government and the industry don’t want me to reveal.” – Andy Hall[1] Human rights activist, Andy Hall, faces time in prison for reporting on labour rights abuses in the Thailand pineapple industry. In 2013 a report was published that included some of Andy’s research that contained allegations of worker abuse and slavery-like practices in the Natural Fruit factory, a Thai company that processes pineapples and supplies retailers around the world. Instead of looking into the allegations, Natural Fruit targeted Andy. He was hauled into court on charges of computer crime and criminal defamation. Despite an international outcry, Natural Fruit have not backed down [2]. We now need to call on the Thai government to do the right thing and ensure that all charges against Andy Hall are dropped. The Thai authorities are already facing global scrutiny for not doing enough to protect workers from abuse — the latest ‘US Trafficking in Persons’ report gives Thailand the lowest score for action to tackle trafficking.[3] Andy is due in court on the 18 January 2016 and faces up to 7 years in prison. Please show your support for Andy and migrant workers that remain vulnerable to modern slavery in Thailand: take action to demand that these charges are dropped now.   Sources 1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAvXe6TjdPE 2. http://www.walkfree.org/andy-hall/ 3. http://bangkok.usembassy.gov/tip2015statements.html

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Petitioning Trakul Winitnaiyapak, Attorney General

Drop the charges against Andy Hall now

  “This is about persecution. It’s a political case to try and silence me… I’m someone that’s revealing things that the government and the industry don’t want me to reveal.” – Andy Hall[1] Human rights activist, Andy Hall, faces time in prison for reporting on labour rights abuses in the Thailand pineapple industry. In 2013 a report was published that included some of Andy’s research that contained allegations of worker abuse and slavery-like practices in the Natural Fruit factory, a Thai company that processes pineapples and supplies retailers around the world. Instead of looking into the allegations, Natural Fruit targeted Andy. He was hauled into court on charges of computer crime and criminal defamation. Despite an international outcry, Natural Fruit have not backed down [2]. We now need to call on the Thai government to do the right thing and ensure that all charges against Andy Hall are dropped. The Thai authorities are already facing global scrutiny for not doing enough to protect workers from abuse — the latest ‘US Trafficking in Persons’ report gives Thailand the lowest score for action to tackle trafficking.[3] Andy is due in court on the 18 January 2016 and faces up to 7 years in prison. Please show your support for Andy and migrant workers that remain vulnerable to modern slavery in Thailand: take action to demand that these charges are dropped now.   Sources 1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAvXe6TjdPE 2. http://www.walkfree.org/andy-hall/ 3. http://bangkok.usembassy.gov/tip2015statements.html

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Petitioning World Leaders

Help End Child Slavery in Crisis Situations

For children in South Sudan, war and violence is a part of everyday life. With their schools frequently bombed or attacked, many are at risk of abduction or trafficking. Since the start of the conflict 18 months ago, 13,000 children have already been recruited as child soldiers. Children abducted or trafficked in conflict areas are violently forced into slavery, either as child soldiers fighting battles they aren’t old enough to understand, or as victims of sexual slavery and forced marriage. Yet for boys and girls in Yei Town there is a beacon of hope. On the site of a bombed primary school, the Kinji Primary School has opened and now provides education to 1,300 children. In unstable environments like South Sudan, having a safe place to spend the day offers these children important protection from modern slavery. Right now we have a unique opportunity to help more children living in dangerous areas access education and find the support they need. A Global Fund for Education in Emergencies has been set up to help provide education to children in emergency areas across the world, supporting children in the very worst situations. We want World Leaders to publically commit to making donations to this fund, so that more schools like the Kinji Primary School can be built all around the world. With conflicts in many countries showing no signs of slowing, more must be done to protect children from slavery in emergency situations. Please help us draw attention to this issue by signing our petition.

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4,669 supporters
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Petitioning World Leaders

Help End Child Slavery in Crisis Situations

UPDATE: During the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, the Education Cannot Wait Fund was launched to give children living in conflict and disaster zones access to education: lowering their risk to some of the worse forms of modern slavery. Thank you to everyone who signed our petition and helped put pressure on those who had the power to create this fund. However, the recruitment of child soldiers still remains rife in South Sudan. Despite UNICEF claiming in October 2016 that some 145 child soldiers in South Sudan were released, an estimated 16,000 children are still in “armed groups.” For children in South Sudan, war and violence is a part of everyday life. With their schools frequently bombed or attacked, many are at risk of abduction or trafficking. Since the start of the conflict 18 months ago, 13,000 children have already been recruited as child soldiers. Children abducted or trafficked in conflict areas are violently forced into slavery, either as child soldiers fighting battles they aren’t old enough to understand, or as victims of sexual slavery and forced marriage. Yet for boys and girls in Yei Town there is a beacon of hope. On the site of a bombed primary school, the Kinji Primary School has opened and now provides education to 1,300 children. In unstable environments like South Sudan, having a safe place to spend the day offers these children important protection from modern slavery. Right now we have a unique opportunity to help more children living in dangerous areas access education and find the support they need. A Global Fund for Education in Emergencies has been set up to help provide education to children in emergency areas across the world, supporting children in the very worst situations. We want World Leaders to publically commit to making donations to this fund, so that more schools like the Kinji Primary School can be built all around the world. With conflicts in many countries showing no signs of slowing, more must be done to protect children from slavery in emergency situations. Please help us draw attention to this issue by signing our petition.

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6,632 supporters
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Petitioning Mariana Gras

Combatí la violencia y la trata de mujeres en Argentina

Puede ser difícil de creer, pero se estima que 77.300 personas están atrapadas en situación de esclavitud moderna en Argentina, (1) incluyendo mujeres como Carolina. (2) A los 23 años, a Carolina le prometieron una carrera como actriz, luego de perder su trabajo en un supermercado en Colombia. En lugar de eso, cuando llegó a la Argentina, se dio cuenta que la habían engañado y cayó como víctima de trata con fines de explotación sexual. El gobierno argentino dijo que tiene un Plan Nacional de Acción (3) que permite implementar las leyes y brindar una mejor asistencia a las víctimas como Carolina, así como a víctimas de otras formas de violencia de género. Sin embargo, el plan nunca se publicó oficialmente, pese a que el gobierno afirmó haberlo desarrollado con la contribución de más de 38.000 mujeres. (4) Un plan sólido puede facilitar la implementación de la actual ley para prevenir la violencia hacia las mujeres,5 incluyendo acciones para proveer asistencia a las víctimas y medidas para prevenir la violencia de género. Llegó el momento de acabar con todas las formas de violencia hacia las mujeres en Argentina, incluyendo la trata. Pedile a Mariana Gras, Presidenta del Consejo Nacional de las Mujeres, que actúe ya. SOURCES (1) http://www.globalslaveryindex.org/country/argentina/ (2) El nombre fue cambiado para preservar la identidad de la víctima. (3) Plan Nacional de Acción para la Prevención, Asistencia y Erradicación de la Violencia contra las Mujeres. (4) Así lo ha afirmado Argentina ante las Naciones Unidas en su informe al Comité CEDAW (enero de 2013 y enero 2015), y en el Informe del EPU (agosto 2012). 5. En el mismo sentido, informe PNUD-ONU Mujeres (2013).

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1,504 supporters
Petitioning PepsiCo

Tell Pepsi to start using slavery-free palm oil

Palm oil. From the moment you wake up and eat your breakfast, to brushing your teeth just before you go to bed, the chances are you have already consumed palm oil dozens of times. This ingredient touches almost every aspect of our lives and palm oil also been shown to be produced by workers and children trapped in modern slavery. The vast majority of global palm oil comes from plantations in tropical countries, where journalists and workers’ rights organisations have documented widespread exploitation. Workers are often trafficked into bonded labour, forced to live and work under extreme conditions, with limited legal recourse, and suffer from physical or threatened abuse. Child labour is also known to be rampant throughout palm oil plantations. Why? Companies like PepsiCo, one of the world’s largest snack food and beverage companies, demand cheap palm oil to use in their products while asking few questions about where it comes from or the damage caused. PepsiCo uses palm oil in a huge array of products we consume everyday – and it has no way of knowing if its palm oil is slavery-free. But we can change this. Call on PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi to pledge to exclusively and immediately use slavery-free palm oil.

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